The race for the 36th Assembly District in the Nov. 8 election pits incumbent Tom Lackey against Steve Fox, a rematch from the 2014 race when Fox, a one-term Democratic Assemblyman, was turned out of office by Lackey, a Republican. Lackey’s triumph in 2014 came after Antelope Valley Republicans were caught off guard in the 2012 election as Fox bested Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith by 145 votes – a margin so narrow the final votes weren’t tallied until the day before the swearing-in ceremony. Fox became the first Democrat to win election to the Legislature for that mostly Antelope Valley area in more than 30 years. The 36th Assembly District dips into the Santa Clarita Valley to take in northern Saugus and Canyon Country but otherwise extends northward through the AV beyond North Edwards and California City and as far eastward as Phelan. Both Fox and Lackey focus on supporting the aerospace industry and the jobs it brings to the area, along with public safety and education. Fox scored some legislative victories during his two years in office and is a solid Democratic candidate for the district. But the momentum passed to Lackey two years ago, and the Republican incumbent has shown himself willing to listen to constituents and to be responsive to their needs, including those in the SCV sliver of his district. In October 2015 the governor signed a bill authored by Lackey and designed to help relieve the water crisis in Bouquet Canyon. The Assemblyman worked with Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office in his bid to help unravel the federal-state-county-multiple water district snarl of red tape that has prolonged a water shortage in the canyon. He also worked with Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, on a bill to close loopholes in Proposition 47, the voter-approved measure of 2014 that reduced some felonies to misdemeanors and, in many cases, released convicted felons onto the streets. Lackey, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, has the endorsement of multiple law enforcement agencies and makes time for public appearances to greet and listen to his constituents. We recommend a vote for Tom Lackey if you live in the 36th Assembly District.